Owasso Students Hold Prayer Vigil For Teacher Killed In Crash

Wednesday, May 18th 2016, 10:35 am
By: Joseph Holloway

Owasso Mid-High students wore white in honor of Bobbi White, the teacher who died Monday after a weekend wreck on Highway 169.

White, an English teacher, died after her vehicle was hit from behind by another driver.

Owasso Police blamed the crash on Scott Alan Smith, 51. Police said Smith apparently failed to notice that traffic on Highway 169 had slowed down approaching the Bird Creek bridge construction area and hit two vehicles from behind.

Wednesday morning, students gathered in prayer to honor and remember the popular teacher.

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"I just didn't believe it, you know? It didn't feel real to me," said Joseph Brown, student.

Brown was a student in White's English class and he says it's been a tough week.

"It's been a whole year almost and, you know, you come in here every day and she's always there and then, she's just gone one day," he said

Students left teddy bears and flowers on Ms. White's desk, which now sits empty.

Principal Don Hugginss said, "She loved them, she cared for them and took care of them."

Owasso Mid-High moved White's students to a new classroom, taking advice from a Sand Springs school counselor.

"The biggest mistake they made when they had a teacher die during the school year was to put them back in the same classroom they were in because the students couldn't stop looking at where that teacher sat," Huggin said.

But Brown wants to focus on the good times he had in Miss White's class. "She was a great teacher. She just made it fun to come into class."

White's two children and several other people were injured in the crash, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the children's medical expenses.